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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is that rarest of pop phenomenona: a superstar who managed to completely cross over from country to the mainstream. Other singers performed similar moves -- notably, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson both became enduring mainstream icons based on their '70s work -- but Swift shed her country roots like they were a second skin; it was a necessary molting to reveal she was perhaps the sharpest, savviest, populist singer/songwriter of her generation, one who could harness the zeitgeist and turn it personal and, just as impressively, perform the reverse. These skills were evident on her earliest hits, especially the neo-tribute "Tim McGraw," but her second album, 2008's Fearless, showcased a songwriter discovering who she was and, in the process, finding a mass audience. Fearless wound up having considerable legs not only in the U.S., where it racked up six platinum singles on the strength of the Top 10 hits "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me," but throughout the world, performing particularly well in the U.K., Canada, and Australia. Speak Now, delivered almost two years later in the autumn of 2010, consolidated that success and Swift moved into the stratosphere of superstardom, with her popularity only increasing on 2012's Red and 2014's 1989, a pair of records that found her moving assuredly from country into a pop realm where she already belonged.

This sense of confidence had been apparent in Taylor Swift since the beginning. The daughter of two bankers -- her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, works at Merrill Lynch; her mother Andrea spent time as a mutual fund marketing executive -- Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and raised in its suburb Wyomissing. She began to show interest in music at the age of nine and Shania Twain wound up as her biggest formative influence. Swift started to work regularly at local talent contests, eventually winning a chance to open for Charlie Daniels. Soon, she learned how to play guitar and began writing songs, signing a music management deal with Dan Dymtrow; her family relocated to Nashville with the intent of furthering her music career. She was just 14 years old but on the radar of the music industry, signing a development deal with RCA Records in 2004. Swift sharpened her skills with a variety of professional songwriters, forming the strongest connections with Liz Rose. Taylor's original songs earned her a deal with Sony/ATV publishing but not long after that 2004 deal, she parted ways with Dymtrow and RCA, all with the intent of launching her recording career now, not later.

Things started moving swiftly once Swift came to the attention of Scott Borchetta, a former DreamWorks Records exec about to launch Big Machine Records. Borchetta saw Swift perform at a songwriters showcase at the Bluebird Cafe and he signed her to Big Machine in 2005; shortly afterward, she started work on her debut with producer Nathan Chapman, who'd previously helmed demos for Taylor. Boasting original song credits on every one of the record's 11 songs (she penned three on her own), Taylor Swift appeared in October 2006 to strong reviews and Swift made sure to work the album hard, appearing at every radio or television event offered and marshalling a burgeoning fan base through use of MySpace. "Tim McGraw," the first song from the album, did well but "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "Our Song" did better on both the pop charts and country, where she racked up five consecutive Top 10 singles. Other successes followed in the wake of the debut -- a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist (she lost to Amy Winehouse), stopgap EPs of Christmas songs -- but Swift concentrated on delivering her sophomore set, Fearless.

Appearing in November 2008, Fearless was certified Gold by the RIAA in its first week of release and the record gained momentum throughout 2009, earning several platinum certifications as "Love Story," "White Horse," "You Belong with Me," "Fifteen," and "Fearless" all scaled the upper reaches of the country charts while "You Belong with Me" nearly topped Billboard's Top 100. Along with the success came some headlines, first in the form of an infamous appearance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards where her acceptance speech was interrupted by Kanye West, who burst on-stage to declare that Swift's rival Beyonce deserved the award more, but her romances also started gaining attention, notably a liaison with Twilight star Taylor Lautner, who appeared with the singer in the 2009 film Valentine Day. Her flirtation with the silver screen proved brief, as she then poured herself into her third album, Speak Now. Released in October 2010, Speak Now was another massive first-week smash that refused to lose momentum. Hit singles like "Mine" and "Mean," which won two Grammys, played a big factor in its success not just on the country charts but on pop radio, as well. Following a 2011 live album called World Tour Live: Speak Now, Swift turned toward following a pop path on her fourth album, hiring such mainstream musicians as Dan Wilson, Butch Walker, and Britney Spears producer Max Martin. This mainstream pulse was evident on "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Red. Upon its October 2012 release, Red shattered expectations by selling over a million copies in its first week, a notable achievement that was doubly impressive in an era of declining sales. Once again, Swift's album had legs: it was certified platinum four times in the U.S. and its international sales outstripped those of Speak Now. She supported Red with an international tour in 2013 and more hits came, including "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22."

As she geared up for the release of her fifth album in 2014, she made it clear that 1989 was designed as her first "documented, official" pop album and that there would be no country marketing push for this record. "Shake It Off," an ebullient dance-pop throwback, hit number one upon its August 2014 release. When 1989 appeared in late October 2014, it once again shot to number one and shattered all expectations, nearly matching the first-week sales of Red and offering proof that Swift was indeed the decade's biggest pop star. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Track List: Bad Blood (Single)

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Track List: Red (2013 CMA Awards Performance) (Single)

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Track List: Sweeter Than Fiction (From "One Chance") (Single)

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I think I'm so loving one song... I'm waiting for it to come out... #outofthewoo d s
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I love your songs so much
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I love you you are the best ever and I now you are the best ever I now it I love you
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I love and I will support you in
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You are a great singer I love you
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You are so cool it's no fair that you're a senior bye��
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I l��ve y��u!!!!!!!! !
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I looooooooooo o o o o o o v you
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Taylor please go back to your old self I loved you when you were your old self!!!!!!
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Everyone, I would not say ur info like phone number, address, or anything like that it can be DANGEROUS I'm telling u. You will regret it!!!!!
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Please reply Taylor, I know it's hard bit please reply
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Taylor swift you are the best best best best best best best best singers
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Taylor keep it up up an become most popular singer in da whole world
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Taylor is soooooooooo pretty and she super talented! Keep it up! Xoxo :)
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The person who said HE was Taylor Swift is so stupid first of all the user was BRAD. Also LOVE YOU TAYLOR!
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I love you
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I love you
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Hey this is Taylor swift and I think that all of you are so great ,LOVE U'S SO MUCH !!!
CALL ME FOR INFO!:045368 1 9 3 0 , L O L I love u guys!!!!Haha h a
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Kiss your left hand 5 x 's& say your crushes name &I post it on 2 different songs & your crush will ask you out
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Taylor swift I love love your videos your a pop star I love your songs Love Tay Tay lol I love your songs
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Taylor is amazing. No matter what she does I will support her. Because I know that she won't be doing stuff that is just stupid. So #haters gonna hate. I will love Taylor forever and always.(see what I did the) ;-)
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I already went over this. She says that then rants up a whole album on hating someone for dumping her sorry a**. It seems you hypnotized fans are continuing to b**ch about it.
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Love tay tay <3
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What will be your next song taylor swift you are my fav
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Follow I'll follow back
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I love your music. I can even remember blank space and bad blood. From
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Taylor swift you are cool
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Hey i love your amazing songs i love you Taylor Swift Play your sweet
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U ARE THE BEST AND I LOVE UR VIDEOS THEY ARE SO WAESOME
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Taylor love your music ��������
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Are you coming in 2 days
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You are so pretty and I love your song bad blood
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Taylor rocks
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Meant yolo
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Holo swag
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The first time I was thinking of you to be the only sing ������������
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Omg I love you so much
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Love your music
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You're my favorite artist and if I'm ever sad or angry or anything like that I just get my iPod or YouTube and listen to your music. It makes me happy again ❤️❤️
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Omg Taylor �� you're amazing and absolutely gorgeous ❤️❤️
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Love her songs
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kiss your hand two times and post this on 2 other songs look at your hand
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"I love T"biggest fan only 10 but I've listen to her since baby
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I love you so much
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